Improve Writing

Writing is a beautiful engagement.

Beauty lies not just in the eyes of the beholder but it also very much lies in giving creative wings to those random thoughts to fly far and wide. There is a lovely lift in our life.

“It is inspiration.”

“It is intuitive.”

“It is immersive.”

 

It is recommended that every one of us should find time and space to enter that mythical engagement with writing.

 

It is like meditation.

No, I will like to immediately amend my statement from a simile to a metaphor.

It is meditation.

If anybody differs with me, I would love to contest the argument and ready for a marathon run in proving the hypothesis that writing is in fact meditation.

 

We get deeply lost in the act of putting words to our profound thoughts.

 

It is like weaving a cotton fabric for summer or knitting a woolen pullover for the winter. The season keeps coming and going, the act remains.  I agree it is a necessary act but not a sufficient action to suffice to the requirement of achieving excellence in creative writing. Like everything in life there is a limit and there is a limitation. I must at the outset state that this state is not constant and we keep breaking the barriers and pushing the boundaries.

When we keep writing for hours and days, there is every possibility we may lose the vitality of writing.

“The steam that is required to roast the idea.”

It is the very essence of writing.

We need intermittently fresh bouts of energy to revitalize our mental makeup which keeps breaking up for umpteen reasons. There are reasonable times when we are raring to go and with a pen and paper we are on a flow. The writer is in its zone, that’s what we say. There are times where we are accidentally trapped by the writer’s block syndrome. The writer is not in its zone. Much like life there are continuous hurdles that keep popping up now and then to distract us but these are well designed test, and we are pressed upon to discover creative ways to overcome those blocks.

There are two different schools of thoughts. The stream from one school of thought argues that it is better to face it head on and fight it out there and then, be dogged and be determined at that very moment, stay there, get it resolved. The stream of thought  from the other school have a counter argument that is to take a break, allow the storm to pass by, let the dust settle and move away from the hurdle, avoid a head on collision and reconfigure the thought in solitude before you take any further action. Another way when we look at these school of thoughts, it may seem whether to think and act or act and then think.

The moot question then remains, which is the right school of thought?

There is no right or wrong here. The schools will have their say, writers are students, it varies from case to case and share of contribution is subjected to the context.  It is the circumstance that determines the appropriate fitment of one school of thought over the other. I have followed the first school of thought for some time and then decided to change the track. It had its own say and its contribution on my art of writing has been good. But good for long is not good enough. I realized. So, I changed. And now I’m profusely enjoying the undiscovered dialogue with the second track and my output has seen a significant jump. The composition of jump has changed. It is the qualitative shift not just the quantitative outcome. There is something magical about it. I took a conscious decision to try different things and also things differently that can have positive impact on the way I think, the way I look around myself, the way I engage with my senses, the way I disengage with routines and purposefully hop onto a radically new set of things.

 

It is a paradox, when I state how to improve writing without writing.

 

It is like saying how to learn swimming without swimming. Some content makes no sense without the context. We keep doing so many things and we don’t realize how those gamut of things play their secret role in improving our writing and inspiring us to write better and much brighter not just in it’s composition but also in its presentation. It matters, makes a big difference. The moment we make it a conscious effort to do and connect with our writing we find the subtle correlation.

It is serendipity.

“In fact there is an umbilical cord.”

There are number of things we can do which directly or indirectly helps us to improve our writing skill and there are these things which apparently have no remote connection with the art of writing, it is disguising and we get misguided, we need to then place things in its rightful perspective, and there lay the secret of mastering the art of writing.

The list is endless but here is the truncated version to end the discourse and start the course of doing things that helps writer write better. There is no particular order and there is no preference of mine, I enjoy doing all these different things at different time of my journey of writing.

 

  1. Playing with kids who are crazy

  2. Spending quality time with elders

  3. Walking in the world wild nature

  4. Listening to the titillating tunes of old music

  5. Reading a bad book not the good ones

  6. Going for a stroll in the night, the moon light

  7. Speaking to a stranger not easy, the attempt

  8. Singing aloud to a good song, maybe a bad one

  9. Learning a new language preferably foreign

  10. Visiting a historical place, checking the geography

  11. Cooking an exotic cuisine, don’t serve it

  12. Playing with pet dog or pussy cat

  13. Exploring the Pinterest to Instagram

  14. Listening to TED talk, walking the talk

  15. Talking to SELF, not talking the SELFIE

  16. Taking a break from Facebook

  17. Giving the Mobile phone a break

  18. Speaking to an empty audience

  19. Traveling to a lesser known place

  20. Sketching the randomness not the pattern

  21. Stop watching television for sometime

  22. Start working with a vision for a cause

  23. Watching a play in a theater

  24. Seeing an old famous movie

  25. Visiting an orphanage and being with them

  26. Observing the people in a mall what they do

  27. Wandering in the street never gone before

  28. Calling home a new friend for the first time

  29. Visiting to an old friend not visited for long

  30. Gardening some new plants in the old pots

  31. Planting an old idea in a new bottle

  32. Just doing nothing but the act of trying

 

Applying these new experiences and subtle observations into our art of writing is the craft of improving writing without writing. We all keep doing it unknowingly or without a pattern or without following a definite process. But doing it consciously and doing it through a prescribed process that creates a pattern for us does make all the difference.

The aforementioned activities have something to do with our belief, behavior, habits and aspect of our life and living. We are involuntarily encapsulated into a well designed container or does it become a disguised confinement and we keep working within the purview of that confined container. Hence, questioning our belief, changing our behavior and for that matter amending our habits are never easy, as these builds over a time and become an integral part of lifestyle. Doing these offbeat and off track activities which we have not done for long and which are seemingly against our comfort zone, will hit us hard where it matters; our belief system, our behavioral pattern and our habitual act.

Take the case of the first activity in the list, many of us find it very tough to play with kids and top of it doing with crazy kids is a double whammy and never easy as it generally appears to be. Take another activity of visiting an orphanage which we keep thinking and many times have planned but have rarely done it and we keep postponing it and we have valid reasons to prove our ground. I then realized how powerful the line from Nike, “Just do it…”

Take the case of talking to an empty audience, not necessarily in an auditorium, it could be anywhere, we have to just imagine, it sounds weird and we don’t see stuff in the vacuum, we get vanquished in the hollowness and primarily because we are covertly imprisoned in our cliched assumptions.

After all, what is there in the emptiness?

Emptiness, the central teaching in Buddhism. It is a different way of looking at our experiences and there is no physical addition or subtraction but enabling a profound difference to our mind and senses.

We can always question what is that we will achieve by going for a night stroll in the same place when we have done it in the day time, a good question and the difference is fundamental.  There is science behind it, the same sound is louder in night and the same colour appears different at night. It is engineering a change in our outlook, we need to look at the same thing from a different perspective how we see the thing when it is under daylight and how it seems when it not under night-light or for that matter no light.

 

It is enlightenment…

 


Nihar Pradhan

Creative Writer

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